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Path of Life-12 Step Recovery Program

Path of Life is a 12 step recovery program written by Greg Grebe, a close friend, spiritual partner and hiking buddy! Greg has been leading recovery groups for many years and has gleaned from his own experience and that of numerous others to produce a fresh, Bible-based approach to leading people out of addictions.

Please feel free to download and use this Path of Life 12 step recovery program. Click on the icon below. Path of Life is also featured on this site on the Free Stuff page.

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June 13, 2011   Comments Off on Path of Life-12 Step Recovery Program

Fragile vs. Durable Relationships

Recently, I found myself crying out to God after a team meeting, “Lord, why are our relationships so fragile?!” This particular team had experienced seasons of strong, healthy interaction. Yet, in one session the team relationships seemed to crumble. It’s as though we suddenly, inexplicably found ourselves on the verge of losing all we had worked for till now. This brought me to my plea before God, “Why are relationships so fragile?”

Occasionally, when I’ve cried out to God in desperation like that, I’ve sense His immediate, clear response. This was also such an occasion. I perceived God saying, “I don’t want your relationships to be fragile!” His response jarred me, because I’ve often thought of the health of relationships as fragile in terms of how volitile or easily they disintigrate. I had always assumed that frailty was simply the nature of our earthly relationships.  All that evening and into the next morning I mulled over the characteristics of fragile relationships and contrasted them with the characteristics of durable relationships. My brainstorming over these characteristic yielded the list below. I trust that God will use this contrast in your heart and life. May all your relationships become durable ones!

 

 

©2011 Rob Fischer

June 2, 2011   1 Comment

Get Rob’s Book: Enthralled with God!

Enthralled with God

God created us for relationship with him, but what does that look like? How do we interact with God? What does he expect from us? We are to love God, but what is this about enjoying him? Two-way communication is a hallmark of any relationship, so how does communication function in our relationship with God? How does God speak to us? How do we recognize his voice? What do we do with what he tells us? Rob seeks to answer all these questions and more through the Scriptures and lots of examples from his own life, so that you too may be enthralled with God!

Enthralled with God–Cultivating a Joy-Filled Relationship with Him is available on Amazon.com! You will find the book in both soft-cover and e-version.

Below is the brief introduction from this book that I’m sure you’ll want to read. [Read more →]

March 4, 2011   Comments Off on Get Rob’s Book: Enthralled with God!

When the church goes corporate (part 10)

church-goes-corp-10Conclusion
In recent years many large churches have been challenged with organizational issues of a magnitude smaller churches never grapple with. I believe that many of these large churches have naively turned to a corporate or business model to try to solve their organizational problems. They reasoned, “These strategies have worked well in corporations, so let’s implement them in the church.”

But as I’ve attempted to demonstrate briefly above, corporations and churches do not share the same goals and cannot function successfully within the same model. Imagine a corporation implementing the church model in which their goal becomes building relationships, not making money. No employees are expendable. All leadership is shared and servant-based. There are no metrics, simply values. It might be fun to work in such a corporation—until the money runs out! The church model will not work for the corporation! Why would we think the corporate model would work for the church? [Read more →]

June 19, 2009   Comments Off on When the church goes corporate (part 10)

When a church goes corporate (part 3)

church-goes-corp-3Leadership
Because a corporation is driven by efficiency an efficient form of leadership is needed. A chief operating officer (CEO) with a clear, top-down chain-of-command provides the needed efficiency. The CEO, with an eye toward meeting customer and shareholder needs, provides direction and sets goals for the company. From these goals and direction all departments and employees derive their goals.

When a new CEO is appointed from outside that corporation he/she often brings with them their own key staff and a shuffle occurs in the organization. One of the maladies inherent with the CEO model is the CEO’s tendency to hire leaders like him/herself. The CEO becomes the standard of leadership. Those with a variant style of leadership aren’t considered qualified to lead, so the hunt goes outside the organization for “more qualified” employees (i.e., those with a similar leadership style to the CEO). [Read more →]

June 12, 2009   Comments Off on When a church goes corporate (part 3)

Romans 1:1-17

Paul writes this amazing letter to the Roman followers of Christ because he cannot restrain himself from proclaiming the Good News of God! Look at all Paul reveals to us about this Good News of God in first few paragraphs of his letter. (Romans 1:1-17 NLT)

  • Paul was chosen by God to proclaim His Good News—1:1
  • God promised this Good News long ago through His prophets in the holy Scriptures—1:2
  • The Good News is about God’s Son Jesus, who is both a descendent of King David and the one and only Son of God—1:3-4
  • God intends His Good News for all nations everywhere, that people might believe His Good News, obey Him and bring glory to His name—1:5
  • Paul’s calling, passion and privilege is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ—1:15-16
  • The Good News of Jesus Christ is God’s power at work to save all who believe—1:16
  • This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight—namely through faith in Jesus—1:17 [Read more →]

April 15, 2009   Comments Off on Romans 1:1-17

What Are You Going to Wear Today?

Sometimes we never know how people will speak into our lives.  And if we are willing to listen and consider the words, God can drastically change our lives. It happened to me this morning while enjoying a piece of toast with my daughter.

I had her perched on our kitchen island and I asked her the question (not knowing what kind of answer, if any, I was going to receive), “Hattie, what are YOU going to wear to church today?”  She looked up at me with her beautiful, big brown eyes and peanut butter and jelly spread all over her face and emphatically replied, “JESUS!”  I stood there stunned, speechless, silent.  Then it hit me – was I going to “wear Jesus” today?  Conviction rolled over me, because I don’t “wear Him” everyday.  Was I going to wear Jesus today?  Not just at church where it is easy.  What about the rest of the week, where it is not easy? [Read more →]

April 2, 2009   Comments Off on What Are You Going to Wear Today?

13 Jars – The Box

The Box

“Maria, would you come in here, please?” The doctor called out from his office where he was packing his personal belongings. This was his last workday before retirement.

Maria appeared in the doorway, eager to help where she was needed. She had come to work at the medical clinic as office manager two-and-a-half years ago right out of college. “What can I do for you, Doctor?” [Read more →]

March 3, 2009   Comments Off on 13 Jars – The Box

Values for Serving Others

Values are like a compass showing us due north. Values give us direction. Values make our lives easier, because they’ve already settled issues for us that we don’t have to wrestle with every time they come up. Values help us focus on right-living.

In 1 Peter 4:7-11, the Lord provides us with five values to guide us as we employ our spiritual gifts in the family of Christ:

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7-11) [Read more →]

February 25, 2009   Comments Off on Values for Serving Others

Values for Employing Spiritual Gifts

Values are like a compass showing us due north. Values give us direction. Values make our lives easier, because they’ve already settled issues for us that we don’t have to wrestle with every time they come up. Values help us focus on right-living.

In 1 Peter 4:7-11, the Lord provides us with five values to guide us as we employ our spiritual gifts in the family of Christ:

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:7-11) [Read more →]

February 14, 2009   Comments Off on Values for Employing Spiritual Gifts